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GA DOE Statement on Grammar Warm-ups--What Do You Think?

Posted by Rod Burnette on

I recently received the following email from a teacher in Georgia (and have posted it here with her permission). I'd love to hear your thoughts on either side!Ms. Burnette,I'm writing you today to share an e-mail I recently sent the GA DOE concerning its recent ELA Newsletter, which lambasted DGP and other daily grammar warm-ups as being out-of-date and old-fashioned. I've used DGP for years, and I've never found (in my teaching experience) anything that works better. See my e-mail below:Ms. Waters,I was very disappointed to see in the latest ELA newsletter the following lines:"For example, the use of Daily...

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Connecting Grammar and Writing: Parallel Structure

Posted by Rod Burnette on

In this post, we are continuing our series on strategies for helping students connect grammar and writing. This week's focus is parallel structure.

In order for students to understand parallel structure, it's important for them to see the parallel parts of a sentence.  

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Why Grammar Check Programs Frighten Me

Posted by Rod Burnette on

I showed a 15-year-old what a certain grammar checker can do. She said, “That would be great for proofreading, but it wouldn’t make me a better writer. It would make me lazy. I wouldn’t care about editing. I’d just slap something down and let the program do my work for me.”

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